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Sustainable Construction Glossary

Launch conference at the EESC Conference - Brussels, Belgium

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), encouraged by the big success of its European Cycling Lexicon, has joined forces with the common language terminology for sustainable construction, led by the Architects Council of Europe and the European Concrete Platform. Together, a new, multilingual, dictionary-type publication will be launched: the Sustainable Construction Glossary. Given the recent call of the Commission for more efforts on energy efficiency and its prominent place during the special Energy Summit in February 2011, the new publication comes at an important moment. In response to the need for more sustainable construction, new concepts, phrases, and terms are being used across Europe. These concepts are aimed at improving the environmental, social and economic impact of the industry and its outputs.

Together with ACE and ECP, the EESC took on the translation of this groundbreaking project with the objective to gather together these terms and establish a working, concise and easily accessible glossary. Its purpose is to ensure a common understanding of the terminology used within the framework of sustainable construction and it should become a tool for disseminating information across the EU. The original English wiki version was launched during the 2010 EUSEW and is already being used by the construction sector, policy-makers at national and European levels and for communications, education and training. 

EESC President Staffan Nilsson launched the multilingual versions of the Glossary at an event on Monday 11 April, right at the start of the EUSEW. The paper version of the glossary will be published in English, French, German and Spanish, while the other EU languages will be posted on the EESC website. The event is targeted at construction and real estate specialists, as well as policy makers, staff of local, regional, national and European public administration, environmental associations, media representatives and the general public.

11 April  2011
9.30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
EESC Conference room JDE 62
99, Rue Belliard
1040 Brussels

More information coming soon.